'Cancer care in India needs urgent attention'

A Cancer conclave was held at Aster Medcity, Kochi, to analyze the demographics of cancer care in India. Deliberations were held on harnessing treatment resources and economics for treating cancer

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The event explored the latest developments and technological innovations in cancer care

Recently Aster Medcity, Kochi, hosted an international Cancer Conclave in its campus, called the ‘Horizons in Cancer Care.' The Conclave aimed at exploring new horizons and trends for cancer management in India. The event was attended by over 150 national and international delegates from the medical community, who explored the latest developments and technological innovations in cancer care.

The event, held on November 09, 2014, was spearheaded by Dr MV Pillai, chairperson of Aster Medcity oncology center and Dr Harish Pillai, CEO, Aster Medcity.

The conclave served as a platform to analyze the demographics of cancer care in India and deliberated on harnessing treatment resources and economics in treating cancer. The experts also analyzed the cancer burden in the country and various advances in medical oncology that can help improvise cancer management.

Speaking at the event, Dr Azad Moopen, chairman, Aster DM Healthcare, said, "Millions of new cancer cases are diagnosed every year in India. The number of deaths due to cancer is expected to rise to 1.2 million every year by 2035. Through Aster Medcity we will provide best-in-class treatment to our cancer patients."

Dr Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of HIV and founder of the institute of Human Virology, explained about the unique Global Virus Network formed under his directorship to bolster viral epidemic surveillance and research. He highlighted that viral infection was also a major cause of cancer development and urged global virologists to utilize the GVN platform and address the medical challenges posed by viruses.

 

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